Pinnacle’s Social Cognition Program focuses on helping students interpret the social world around them. Our goal is to help students get the “whole picture” and understand the hidden messages behind both verbal and nonverbal actions and intentions. Students gain insight into social reciprocity—the give and take of communication—and learn ways to build and maintain friendships. Our curriculum integrates the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, Jeanette McAfee, Ellen McGinnis, and Jed E. Baker, among others. Our program promotes positive, effective social interactions through both direct and indirect instruction. We also provide our students with ample opportunities to utilize these skills in natural social settings.

Key components of our program include:

  • Friendship Building
  • Respecting Others
  • Expected vs. Unexpected Behavior
  • Social Problem Solving
  • Interpersonal Negotiations
  • Reading the Room
  • Reading Between the Lines
  • Perspective Taking — Theory of Mind
  • Interpreting Abstract Language (Idioms, Sarcasm, Humor, etc.)